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'''Thomas Hardy''', Order of Merit|OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Literary realism|Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.. He was highly critical of much in Victorian era|Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of such novels as ''Far from the Madding Crowd'' (1874), ''The Mayor of Casterbridge'' (1886), ''Tess of the d'Urbervilles'' (1891), and ''Jude the Obscure'' (1895). During his lifetime, Hardy's poetry was acclaimed by younger poets (particularly the...
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1840|6|2}}
Birth placeStinsford, Dorset, England
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes |1928|1|11|1840|6|2}}
Death placeDorchester, Dorset|Dorchester, Dorset, England
Resting place{{unbulleted list | Stinsford parish church (heart) | Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey (ashes) }}
OccupationNovelist, poet, and short story writer
Alma materKing's College London
Genre| movement = Naturalism (literature)|Naturalism, Victorian literature
Notableworks''Tess of the d'Urbervilles'',
''Far from the Madding Crowd'',
''The Mayor of Casterbridge'',
''Collected Poems''
''Jude the Obscure''
Spouse{{unbulleted list | Emma Gifford
(1874–1912) | Florence Dugdale
(1914–1928)}}
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